Jon Gosselin has revealed that he has been hospitalized for COVID-19 and is about to be put on a ventilator as he continues to fight the virus, but his estranged children don’t even know he’s sick.
The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star opened up during an interview about his diagnosis and hospital stay The Dr. Oz Show, which was recorded today and aired on Thursday.
The 43-year-old, who worked as an IT director in a healthcare facility during the pandemic, told host Dr. Mehmet Oz said he had a fever of 104.8 degrees when his girlfriend Colleen Conrad’s daughter Jordan took him to hospital.
Eng: Jon Gosselin, 43, has featured on The Dr. Oz Show revealed that he was hospitalized for COVID-19 and almost put on a ventilator
Dr. Oz noted that people can start grasping when their temperature reaches 105 degrees.
‘I was in a wheelchair. I had to wait for the ER, ”Jon recalled. “It was packed like the hospital was full and then they put me on a stretcher and put me in the hallway in the waiting room so I could get a temporary room.”
He explained that everything “went very quickly” and that most of his hospital stay was a blur for him.
“Once they evaluated me and once they had my blood drawn and all my blood work done, all of a sudden I get antibiotics, steroids and a plasma antibody transfusion for COVID,” he said.
‘Then they moved me to another room, a more permanent room, and then I just remember sleeping and then it was just unreal. Such as? I didn’t realize why I was there until three days later. ‘
Looking back: Jon, who shared photos of himself in the hospital with the show, opened up his diagnosis and brushed with death during a removal interview airing Thursday
Difficult to handle: Jon’s doctor believed that another day of delayed treatment could have resulted in him being on a ventilator, which Dr. Oz dramatically increases the death rate
Scary: The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star said he had a fever of 104.8 degrees when his girlfriend Colleen Conrad’s daughter Jordan (bottom left) took him to hospital
Jon’s doctor believed that just one day of delayed treatment could have resulted in him being on a ventilator, which Dr. Oz dramatically increases the death rate from the virus.
“I had really bad COVID pneumonia based on my grades,” the father agreed. ‘What’s interesting is that I didn’t feel it. I didn’t feel sick and I didn’t feel pain because it didn’t feel like someone stabbed me, but if you started moving or doing something and you felt so weak and you wanted to pass out, it was really scary. ‘
Jon said he would be afraid to get up and use the bathroom because he remembered how to ask his nurses to help him with almost anything.
“I’d be scared of it because I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to pass out. I can’t breathe,” he said. I called the nurse and felt guilty for calling the nurse. Why can’t you just help me get this? Can you help me with that? Everything, you feel like an invalid.
“You go from one week to be completely healthy to you can’t do anything the next,” he added. “It was so weird.”
Drama: Jon and ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 45, share twins Cara and Mady, 20, and sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 16, but only Collin and Hannah live with him
‘I miss them’: Jon, estranged from his other six children, told Dr. Oz his brushstroke prompted him to rethink his relationship with them
Jon and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 45, share twins Cara and Mady, 20, and sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 16.
However, only Collin and Hannah live with their father. Their siblings are raised by their mother during their parents’ messy custody battle, in which both Jon and Kate have accused the other of abuse.
Jon’s other kids don’t know he has COVID-19 and will likely find out the news from his interview on the show.
The father told Dr. Oz that his attempts at death prompted him to rethink his relationship with his estranged children, and he shared an emotional message for them saying that he “loves them.”
“I hope they get into a relationship with Hannah and Collin. I hope I can be a part of your life someday, ”he told the camera. ‘I’m glad I got a second chance. I was more concerned about myself in the hospital and about getting better and going back to my family.
“I miss them,” he continued. That’s another surreal part of my life that I developed thick skin to move on to help Hannah and Collin now since they moved in with me. Those are things I want to build towards. ‘
Torn apart: Jon’s other six children live with his ex Kate, pictured with Cara and Mady
Fame: The former couple first welcomed their twins in 2001 and the sextuplets followed in 2004, leading to their reality show a few years later
Jon’s hospital stay comes months after his son Collin claimed his father punched and kicked him in a now-deleted Instagram post, prompting an investigation.
The Couples Therapy alum denied the allegations and in September showed DailyMail.com a letter from Berks County Children & Youth Services in Pennsylvania confirming that the report of suspected child abuse was “ baseless. ”
Two months later, Jon encouraged his children to speak out about the drama surrounding their family while performing in The Dr. Oz Show.
“I think the kids should talk,” he said. “I mean, I give them the outlet of,” If you want to talk to the public because you’re public [people]you have every opportunity to do these things. ”
Jon added that he felt it would take ‘an intervention’ from his children to one day mend bridges with his ex-wife.
‘I have no idea if they will contact that way. I left that with their court and I’m just focusing on the two who live with me because so much is happening with therapies and work and COVID and everything else, ” he said.